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Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea? Hankyoreh

Worst. 100 Days. Ever., Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hunger President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe, USA Today

New Trump, Old Bottles, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? Hankyoreh

Trump: Invasive Species, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Is from Mars, Foreign Policy In Focus

I Am the Enemy, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cyberhacking of All against All, Hankyoreh

Doubling Down on Dystopia, TomDispatch

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Making America Mediocre Again, Foreign Policy in Focus

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump, OtherWords

A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Shape, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump v. Islam, The Islamic Monthly

Killer Presidents, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Complete the Pacific Pivot? Hankyoreh

Forget America First: It’s America Alone, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Beneficial Contributions Trump Will Make to World Affairs, Foreign Policy in Focus

Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

 

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

 

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

 

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Has Obama Already Forgotten about Asia? Hankyoreh

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater, 38North

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea?

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea?

Donald Trump recently executed a 180-degree turn on China. He had nothing good to say about the country when he was running for president. Once elected, it looked as though he might even tilt toward Taiwan. But after a tete-a-tete with Chinese premier Xi Jinping, Trump changed his mind and reversed his intention to label China a currency manipulator. “He is a very good man,” Trump said of Xi. Trump has no scruples about cozying up to authoritarian leaders. He counts Egypt’s al-Sisi, Turkey’s Erdogan, and France’s Marine Le Pen as...

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My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Art, Articles, Books, Featured, Fiction | 0 comments

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

It’s terrifying when your dystopian nightmares begin to come true. Donald Trump is consolidating a circle of extremist advisers. Hardline restrictions on immigration are going up, regulations on Wall Street are tumbling down, and ordinary Americans can no longer agree on simple truths, let alone politics. Abroad, Europe may be splintering, too, Asia looks volatile, and wars continue to rage in the Middle East. And everywhere, climate change creeps forward. For me, however, the rise of the Trump era held a special terror. My novel...

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Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Articles, Europe, Featured | 0 comments

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe

The European Union is a historic compromise that’s gradually gotten stronger over its half-century existence. Until 2016. That’s when British citizens, by a very narrow margin, voted to leave the European Union. It’s hard to come up with Brexit’s price tag for the British. The administrative costs alone of the separation will be about $60 billion. But that’s nothing compared to the longer-term effect. Much depends on the terms of the divorce. A “hard exit” that doesn’t preserve U.K. access to Europe’s single market would mean...

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Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade

If you want to understand why Donald Trump has been changing his position on trade, one place to start is pork. I’m not talking about the pork that goes into congressional sausage making. I’m talking the real stuff, the kind that comes from Smithfield Foods, the Virginia-based company responsible for one out of every four American pigs. As a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) — which Ronald Reagan dreamed of, George H.W. Bush negotiated, and Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993 — Smithfield Foods was able to...

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Worst. 100 Days. Ever.

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Worst. 100 Days. Ever.

If I were a Trump supporter, I’d be furious at the coverage of the president’s first 100 days. The mainstream media has engaged in a bout of competitive schadenfreude as headline writers and columnists vie for the distinction of deriving the most pleasure from the administration’s failures. Pundits and journalists have made much of the legislation unpassed, the positions unfilled, the appointments unseated, and the promises unmet. It is of a piece with the campaign coverage. This was, after all, the un-president: a man without...

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The Hunger President

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Food, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The Hunger President

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic. The quote comes from Stalin. The policy comes from Donald Trump. Trump famously changed his policy on Syria after seeing photographs of a couple Syrian children killed by a chemical attack. It didn’t matter that the Syrian government had already killed thousands of children. In targeting the Assad regime, Trump was moved by the tragedy, not the statistic. When it comes to world hunger, Trump’s resistance to statistics is even more appalling. There are now 1.4 million children at risk...

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New Trump, Old Bottles

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Security | 0 comments

New Trump, Old Bottles

It didn’t take long for Donald Trump to discover that U.S. foreign policy is about as easy to turn around as a warship in dry dock. Despite any number of promises to shake things up — during the election and even in his first days as president — Trump is falling back on some very conventional approaches to the world. In the last week, for instance, Trump suddenly discovered that firing a few missiles at a much-hated target — in this case, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces — can gain him plaudits from across the political...

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What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

What Does Kim Jong Un Want?

Virtually every week, politicians and journalists and policy experts attempt the impossible: mind reading. Specifically, they want to know what’s going on inside one man’s mind. They want to know what Kim Jong Un is thinking and, more importantly, what he wants. It’s impossible to know for sure what another person is thinking. And yet figuring out what the current North Korean leader wants – in the absence of any substantial engagement with him – is the basis of all policy options for how to address the country. These policy options...

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Trump: Invasive Species

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Trump: Invasive Species

In Pittsburgh, where I worked for two months in 1986, I breathed clean air. The steel mills along the rivers leading into town were mottled with rust. The Steelers still played in Three Rivers Stadium in those days, but it was the glass towers of PPG Plaza — originally the headquarters of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company — that symbolized the city’s future: clean, energy-efficient, and sparkling in the sunlight. All of this was a far cry from the 1940s, when sunlight rarely penetrated the dome of smog over Pittsburgh, so much so that the...

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Trump Is from Mars

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Security | 0 comments

Trump Is from Mars

So, let me see if I’ve got this right. North Korea has been pushing its ally China to rein in the United States. Pyongyang is worried that Washington is about to launch a preemptive attack, so it has tried to use whatever minimal amount of influence it has to persuade China to use its considerable economic leverage with the United States to get those knuckleheads inside the Beltway to listen to reason. Or maybe I misheard the report on the radio. How about this: As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to stop reckless U.S....

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